Breschel Wins Stage; Frank Schleck Wins Overall in Luxembourg
On the final stage of Tour of Luxembourg a group of riders was allowed to escape early but shortly after Team Saxo Bank went to the head of the field to take control of the events among the favorites between Mersch and Luxembourg.
On the final laps of the circular route in the capital of Luxembourg where the riders climbed the steep hill of Clausen with the finish line on the top three times the consensus in the front group was over and alternately they tried to get away from the breakaway while Team Saxo Bank kept a constant distance to the front at about 2 ½ minutes.
Finally, the Team Saxo Bank-riders turned up the throttle and caught the riders from the front groups and made ready for the sprint where Fränk Schleck shot the field to pieces with an attack and soon after Team Saxo Bank's Matti Breschel fired a sprint so powerful that he crossed the line first.
Team Saxo Bank rider Fränk Schleck won the race overall.
"I am obviously very pleased that the plan was followed today and everything worked out perfectly for us. Since the break took off and we went to the front of the field we actually had to slow down a few times in order not to catch them too soon. The finish was uphill and we had dropped the best sprinters before the climb. I was delivered with 200 meters to go by Frank who at the time had been in front of me for 400 meters, and he left me right where I wanted to be.
A lot of people are busy talking about Tour de France on my behalf, but I am only focusing on cycling and to work for the team to get good results which makes me feel liberated and free to enjoy competing in each race. Next week I will do the Tour of Switzerland where I hope to continue the good work and help the Schleck-brothers”, said Matti Breschel after his stage victory.
Photo: Tim De Waele